KINGMAN - At the beginning of the year Kingman High cross country coach Anne Bathauer knew the Peaks Invitational in Flagstaff was going to be a real test for her team.
With the 7,000-foot elevation, a strong showing there would also give her an idea of just how well condition her team is for the season.
On Saturday Bathauer was pleased with the results.
The KHS boys team finished third out of 15 teams while the girls team placed fifth despite being without the services of Paige Cardiff.
"For me it's really exciting as a coach," Bathauer said. "We are actually much further ahead than what we were last year."
David Haun led the boys team by placing 14th with a time of 19:08. Patrick Webb finished 17th (19:14) and Louis DeLavara finished behind Webb with a time of 19:15.
Prescott took top team honors on the boys side followed by Mesa Dobson then Kingman.
On the girls side, Amanda Williams finished seventh with a time of 22:42 while Olivia Anderson placed 11th with a time of 22:59. Alexis Bathauer placed 18th with a time of 23:18.
"We are looking at a strong delegation for our girls program," Bathauer said.
Glendale Mountain Ridge placed first followed by Prescott, Scottsdale Chaparral, Mesa Desert Ridge and Kingman.
KHS will travel to Prescott for the Ray Wherley Invite Saturday, another high elevation meet but this time only at 5,000 feet.